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[Xmca-l] Re: Email Format Conventions



So much for my theory!
Your message, Huw, turned the coloured lines next to David Ki's message that I saw in my reply to him, into grey lines in your reply.
So how do some messages end up with mixtures?
andy
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Huw Lloyd wrote:
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On 18 August 2014 01:57, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net <mailto:ablunden@mira.net>> wrote:

    Or just sort your messages in subject/date order and read each
    message in whatever order you like. ... except for people like Huw
    who embed their replies. :)
    But in any case, it is nothing to do with xmca.
    Some messages put coloured lines on the left, some put grey lines
    on the left and some put >s on the left. It is hard to tell by
    looking, but I think it is the email client of the first responder
    which formats the next layer of indenting, resulting in mixtures
    of the 3 different modes in any given message on occasion.

    Andy
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    Huw Lloyd wrote:

        On 17 August 2014 19:20, David H Kirshner <dkirsh@lsu.edu
        <mailto:dkirsh@lsu.edu>> wrote:

            David,
            Thanks for your insightful post.
            In scrolling down below your message, to recover the
            context, I was
            faced--as all of us so often are--with the garbling effect
            that comes from
            use of the ">" program that separates out the various
            generations of
            response by inserting a new level of ">" for each new message.
            That formatting option may serve a valuable function in
            case two or more
            authors are replying to each other with comments embedded
            in the prior
            text. But that kind of communicative format is not used
            very frequently,
            and even when it is, the line-break function of the
            program tends to
            fragment sentences to the point of incoherence (see below).


        Hi David,

        Actually embedded replies are used frequently and productively
        in many
        technical arenas!


            I suspect this format continues to be in popular use
            because people who
            use it feel a sense of comfort with the tradition of usage
            that trumps
            functionality concerns, or perhaps they just don't know
            how to change
            formats.
            Are there other reasons?


        The email software conventions programmed into email clients
        (applications)
        indent the content of email that is replied to.  Overriding
        this by not
        indenting old text would be unusual.

Text formats etc are usually filterable by the mail server. Additionally
        the mail server can also perform simple functions such as
        cutting all text
        below a specially marked piece of text (e.g:
        http://www.redmine.org/issues/4409) to help prevent very long
        trailing
        messages.

        Best,
        Huw